Ethel Terttu Martin

Martin, Ethel Terttu (nee: Hukkala)

Nov 6, 1916 – May 10, 2004

Lynn Grieder of Denman Island and Karen Martin of Vancouver wish to announce the passing of their parents Ethel Terttu Martin (nee: Hukkala) on May 10th, 2004 and Clifford Franklyn Martin on January 13th, 2002. Also survived by their grandsons Merrick, Branden and Adam Grieder and granddaughter Lauren Martin.

Ethel was born November 6, 1916 in Alert Bay, BC. She was raised in Sointula where her parents were founding members of the Finnish Community there. Ethel attended Normal School in Victoria and became a teacher, working in such communities as Clo-oose, Stewart, Delta and Lumby. Clifford was born in Aldbridge, England on July 21st, 1924. Ethel married Clifford in Sointula on September 3rd, 1948 and they made their home on the Lower Mainland after spending a year in the Yukon. In 1965 they moved to Denman Island where Clifford was a Captain on the ferry. Ethel taught at Courtenay Elementary, then until her retirement, was principal at Denman Island Elementary. On their farm Ethel and Clifford pursued their passions of farming and gardening. They also travelled extensively around the world.

Ethel was a twelve-year stroke survivor and despite being in a wheelchair, kept active with what gardening she could do and reading. She will be missed by her many friends and relatives. The deepest gratitude and appreciation to Dr. Doreen Tetz. Special thanks to Betty Snell, Zella Clark, Alan Schmidt, Kathy Trew and Lisa Wood.

There will be no service by Ethel’s request. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Heart & Stroke Foundation, The Diabetes Association or a charity of your choice.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Piercy’s – Mt. Washington Funeral Home.

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